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safety matters compliance

6. GET IT IN WRITING
Leveraging full knowledge of pertinent
NFPA documents, along with IEEE standards (Institute of Electrical and Electronics
Engineers standards, New York, ieee.org),
develop a concise plan for your site's system
that includes permit information, safety
checklists, standard operating procedures,
lockout/tagout plans, and emergency protocols. Having all documentation ready for
your employees ensures everyone is aligned.
7. CONTINUE THE PROCESS
The shifting and ever-changing regulatory
environment around health and safety is
causing plant owners/operators to adopt new
strategies for ensuring electrical-safety
compliance.
Especially for larger organizations with
complex infrastructure, it has become clear
that electrical-safety compliance isn't a project with a start and finish. It is an endless
responsibility.
Compliance efforts need to be ongoing,
align with organizational goals, and become
part of the fabric of your business. When
they do, you'll see benefits beyond just the
safety organization.
Financial benefits alone include fewer
legal fees and fines, reduced healthcare insurance costs, and a better ability to forecast
operational expenses.
A well-managed compliance program,
whether achieved by in-house or outside
resources-or a combination of both-also
bridges the gap between maintenance,
engineering, and environmental health
and safety. All teams are better equipped at

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mitigating business liabilities. Minimizing
the burdens of occupational injuries or
other disasters that generate negative public
relations, in turn, helps create an improved
image and culture over time. EP

tion, Columbus, OH. He joined the company
(formerly known as Emerson Network Power)
in 2006 as a field engineer and has been the
manager of its Kansas City Area Service Center for the past five years.
For more information regarding electrical-safety compliance and support for your
site's efforts, visit vertivco.com.

Bryan Parkhurst, P.E., is an expert within Vertiv's Electrical Reliability Services organiza-

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